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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,097 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013)
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.0% ABV, "Enjoy now or age."

A - Molasses black in color, the beer seems to pour just about as thick, topping off with a tall but short-lived tightly packed mocha foam. Specks of lace ride the side of the glass in a Calvin and Hobbes toboggan ride-like zig-zag.

S - Merry Mischief smells like opening a Christmas tin of ginger snap cookies combined with a pumpkin pie; ginger and molasses notes with big clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Roasted malts give the beer a singed pie crust nose followed by a pinch of mocha and hint of espresso coffee grounds. Lactose sweetness doesn't appear quite so strong but seems to bury the malt aromas a bit on the finish.

T - Forward spice reiterates the classic ginger snap cookie flavor while the other aforementioned spices pile on memories of the recent fall desserts; pumpkin pie! Lactose sweetness and soft wheat withhold the more aggressive attributes of the "stout" side of this beer. Roasted malt, molasses, and coffee peek through but this beer remains approachable even for it's boastful alcohol percentage.

M - Smooth, robust and full-bodied, Merry Mischief is a playful beer that combines soft wheat and a round sweetness feel with sharp spice, gritty roasted malt, and mellow alcohol for a satisfying and warm, soothing finish.

O - With a nicely blended, not over-the-top, mélange of spices and full base of roasted malt, Samuel Adams Merry Mischief puts a welcome spin on an imperial stout that's not so imperial feeling. If you find yourself spending extended time in the cold this winter season, trade in your mug of hot cocoa for a delectable Merry Mischief when you get back inside.

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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color with less than one finger of brown fluffy head.

The scent is of gingerbread spice, roasted malts, some spice.

The taste is of gingerbread spice, cocoa, nutmeg, roasted malt, some alcohol.

Fully body, smooth and syrupy, low carbonation.

This was an ok stout, there was some good initial flavor but the syrupy texture was too much to make it enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: dark brown. Not quite opaque. Some ruby highlights creep through when held to direct light. Pretty thick, messy tan head and lacing.
smell: As advertised, gingerbread up front, and all the spice associated. Very nice blend of mellow sweetness and gingerbread.
taste: Just like the nose. very nice blend of gingerbread and sweet stout.
overall: very pleasant surprise. Didn't exactly knock my socks off only because I don't really think a gingerbread stout no matter how well done would manage that. That said, I can't imagine a better gingerbread stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown nearly black, with a thick, pale-brown head. Head diminished rapidly, as did the moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: GINGERBREAD. Smells just like a gingerbread man. Scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, etc. Also detecting hints of roasty malts.

Taste: Just like the aroma, it tastes like a gingerbread man. Very sweet and heavy on the spices. I'm also detecting notes of coffee and roasty malts. The alcohol is also noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter end of full-bodied (probably considered light for the style). Low-moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Hit the nail on the head with this one. Pretty accurate representation of the style, and definitely a gingerbread stout. Too sweet for my liking, and it got sickening near the end of the bomber, but I difinitely got what I paid for.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A billowing cascading pour yields three fingers worth of audibly fizzy tightly packed and uniform dark brown colored head... Retention is more than respectable and lasts for quite a bit... The color is a deep dark brown... Limited carbonation with just a couple of quickly paced stray bubbles streaking towards the top of the glass...

S - Gingerbread... Assorted other spices... Some lightly roasted malts... Not much else going on...

T - The palate is much more pleasing and complex than the nose... Ginger bread... Molasses... Light roasted malts... A hint of chocolate... Additional holiday spicing... The flavors ebb and flow and create very nice complexity making each sip slightly different than the last...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Smooth and slightly sleek... Even and consistent... A bit sticky on the finish...

D - Excellent appearance, taste and mouthfeel... The aroma is a bit of let down... The net result is a very nice and slightly unique holiday offering from the fine folks at Boston Beer... Surprisingly quaffable and hides its 9% ABV rather well... I'll gladly indulge this one each holiday season, but may drink more if it came in 12 oz bottles...

Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Merry Mischief pours out a very deep brown with a sizable mocha head. The aroma is awesome, it's really got a nice gingerbread spice thing going on here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The taste is really gingerbread all the way through. Beneath the nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves from the nose, there's a bit of a brown sugar flavor, vanilla, and chocolate. The mouthfeel feels a little thin to me, I wouldn't mind a little more chewiness on this. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a great beer that delivers on the first part of the label. There's plenty of gingerbread here and less traditional stout flavors. Tasty!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty strong ABV for a non-imperial.

Pours a dark brownish-black with a thick brown head into my glass. Good presentation for the style. Darker than it seems at first.

Gingerbread spice dominates the aroma. Can't really smell much of the base beer itself so I do wonder. Hmm.

Doesn't quite drink like a milk stout. Sure, there is a sweet, milky base with a touch of molasses, cocoa and spice. However, I can't quite tell what's wrong with this.

I figured it out. The mouthfeel is too thin. The carbonation is also too high for the style. Well, for my liking that is. It comes off as boozy.

Meh. After a few sips, I can't stand the mouthfeel. I'm going to go with a drain pour, even if the ABV should allow some aging.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with brown foam. Sits a top. Some lacing. Smells like a gingerbread man (shocker!) -cinamon, nutmeg, ginger. Taste is lightly sweet, cookie-ish, with a light hop finish. Roasted at the end too. Nice blend, good seasonal.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.